ACS National Awards

The ACS National Awards: Advancing Chemistry, Supporting Research, and Promoting Chemists


The ACS National Awards program is designed to encourage the advancement of chemistry in all its branches, to support research in chemical science and industry, and to promote the careers of chemists.

Congratulations to the winners of the 2018 National Awards!

Priestley Medal

image of Geraldine (Geri) Richmond, 2018 Priestly Medal recipient

Geraldine (Geri) Richmond, the 2018 recipient of ACS's highest honor, the Priestley Medal. Read more in C&EN.

Nomination Information

Nominate a Noteworthy Chemist for a 2019 ACS National Award! The deadline is November 1, 2017. Submit a nomination today.

Thank you to all who participated in the 2018 nomination process.

National Award Recipients & Banquet

Winners of the 2018 National Awards will be honored at the Awards Ceremony on Tuesday, March 20, 2018, in conjunction with the 255th ACS National Meeting in New Orleans.

Arthur C. Cope Scholars Award recipients will be honored in August 2018 at the fall national meeting in Boston.

ACS National Awards Program Contact

American Chemical Society
1155 16th Street, NW
Washington, DC 20036
Phone: (800)227-5558, ext. 4575


Prized Science
This video series features the work and contributions of recipients who won ACS prizes. Watch, listen, and discover how the chemistry behind ACS’ awards transforms our lives. View past Prized Science videos.

Becoming Award Ready Webinar
How do deserving and accomplished chemical scientists from diverse backgrounds become ACS award nominees and potentially winners? This short presentation shares the key aspects of preparing for and creating a successful nomination package for an ACS National Award.

National Awards Office Division Primer
This booklet provides technical divisions with quick access to answers to questions regarding the ACS National Awards Program’s selection and canvassing committee process and the awards banquet and ceremony, as well as how to nominate deserving individuals for national awards.